Seven-year-old Cason Feuser sustained a number of accidents throughout a cougar assault on Sunday whereas tenting close to Rocky Mountain Home, Alberta. After a Shock Trauma Air Rescue Service (STARS) flight to Edmonton and three and half hours of surgical procedure at Stollery Kids’s Hospital, Cason returned to his household residence on Tuesday to get well.
The assault occurred whereas Cason was enjoying close to the Baptiste River with mates. Cason’s mom, Chay Feuser, explained on Facebook, “I obtained a telephone name from my pricey pal Alishea, who took my youngest two kids out tenting along with her to a stupendous spot west of Rocky.”
On the time of the assault, Cason’s dad and mom have been in Dawson Creek, British Columbia. They flew to Edmonton simply in time to see their son earlier than his surgical procedure. Chay wrote on her Fb web page, “We made it to the hospital simply in time to kiss him, say howdy and on the identical time say goodbye and hand him over to the surgeons the place he spent 3.5 hours in surgical procedure. Over 200 staples and surgical clamps, and lots of extra stitches over his face, neck, and head. It’s a miracle. No principal arteries have been hit, no lungs punctured, his cranium is unbroken. He suffers from a fractured jaw, and extreme beauty accidents.”
In a statement, Alberta Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Companies Inspector Rob Kohut stated the juvenile feminine cougar that attacked Cason was captured later that day, recognized utilizing DNA testing, and euthanized. Kohut suggested that folks in cougar territory journey in teams and carry bear spray. If an individual encounters a cougar, they need to not flip their again or run, however ought to face the animal and stroll slowly. “Make your self look massive and communicate loudly. If the cougar makes contact, struggle again and don’t hand over. Use all means at your disposal,” Kohut stated within the assertion.
Chay credit her neighbor, who’s a nurse, with saving her son’s life. She helped cease Cason’s wounds from bleeding whereas ready for the helicopter. Chay additionally stated the age of the cougar who attacked Cason made a important distinction. She advised Edmonton’s City News Everywhere, “If it was an older cougar it will have snapped his neck and crushed his cranium and took him in a heartbeat, so the truth that it was an adolescent cougar and it was simply studying and determining what to do, it saved Cason’s life.”
In an interview with CTV News, Chay defined how uncommon such an assault is. Mike Ewald, one other Fish and Wildlife official, underscored this level, saying there had solely ever been one cougar-caused fatality in Alberta. He advised City News Everywhere, “Usually prey has a horizontal again, so even with deer which is certainly one of [a cougar’s] extra widespread prey sources, they soar on the again and attempt to choke out the animal. Fortunately we stand upright, and in order that’s what to do. By no means play useless, and make a number of noise and also you received’t be the standard prey they go for. And so why this cat did this, I don’t know.”